About Talmadge

Talmadge is a neighborhood in the heart of the city of San Diego with a long history. In its early days, it was home to movie stars and the neighborhood still shows remnants of this era. While a large portion of the area contains single-family homes of various styles, there are condominiums, apartments, and senior housing as well. Along with the variety of housing comes a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds, including college students, families, military members, seniors, and more.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $849,000 to $1,200,000

Closed Prices: $307,500 to $1,650,000

Median Sale Price: $905,576

Average $ per sq ft: $827

Association Fee Ranges: $160 to $475/mo, $0 to $326

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1925 to 2007

Sq. Ft.: 558 to 2632 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 4 Bathrooms

Lot Size: 0 - 5+ acres

Around Talmadge

Most single-family houses are located north of Monroe Avenue and were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Some of these homes sit on the edge of a canyon and have great views that stretch out for miles. A traffic circle sits in the center of the community and is a meeting place for special events. There are many properties that have a guesthouse, apartment, or townhome behind a single-family home. The secondary buildings are very private and cozy. South of Monroe Avenue are several affordable apartments that range from studios to two bedrooms or more.

Along El Cajon Boulevard, expect to see a mix of fast food restaurants and small, family-owned restaurants with various cuisines. Asian food is very prevalent in the area with several Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese food establishments. Several Asian grocery stores and bakeries also exist on the Boulevard where you can grab a quick bite and perhaps some tea or coffee. There are also small Mexican restaurants and a bakery which sells unique and authentic Mexican food.

A wide variety of people driving, walking, or riding their bicycles. People may be hanging out at the traffic circle, especially during major holidays when there are parades and celebratory events. You may also see people at the annual block party including your local representatives. A retired couple might be out taking a stroll while a college student passes by on his bike going home from the nearby university. You will see people walking dogs, pushing their kids in strollers, or just sitting on their porches waving to passersby.

On warm nights, you may see people out walking around the neighborhood, visiting with their friends, or going to the store. Some people may be driving out to see a concert or show by a well-known star or musical group at the university. There may be a football game going on at Hoover High School or an outdoor soccer game at the YMCA. In the winter, when the houses and apartments are all decked with lights, it wouldn't be unusual to see people walking or driving around looking at the decorations.

Even though this is an urban area, a quiet Sunday is a good day to see a wide variety of birds in the area including Cooper's hawks, black phoebes, Townsend's warblers, and lots of hummingbirds sitting on wires, in trees, or on people's fences. A few blocks south of El Cajon Boulevard, you can visit Colina del Sol Park to play basketball, swim, or just enjoy the grass and trees. You can stroll around the neighborhood and greet your neighbors. You may even hear the clucking of an urban chicken or two as you pass by.

Locals Love

  • Affordable living
  • Central location
  • Diversity
  • Easy access to public transportation

Locals Don't Love

  • Difficult parking
  • Few major grocery stores
  • Traffic congestion

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